Cathryn Donohue

Cathryn Donohue
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University | PolyU · Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies

PhD

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Introduction
Morphosyntax and tone; field and experimental methods; Tibeto-Burman languages.
Additional affiliations
December 2013 - December 2020
Australian National University
Position
  • Fellow
July 2013 - present
The University of Hong Kong
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (24)
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Most work on case marking has focussed on the standard or ‘default’ case patterns, however more recent work has examined the marginal instances where non-standard cases are used to mark core grammatical relations. In this paper I investigate the use of logistic regression as a tool for validating competing analyses proposed to account for one such...
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This report investigates the uses of the ergative case marker in transitive clauses in Bumthang, a language of Central Bhutan. We discuss the conditions under which the ergative is required and show that a simple analysis involving multiple influences models the data. Previous studies have shown that variable case marking may be determined by synta...
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This paper examines the role that a change in phonation and a slight contour in fundamental frequency (F0) have for the perception of the three phonologically level tones in the Fuzhou variety of Chinese. An experiment was devised whereby synthetic tokens with modified F0 heights were included among natural tokens and presented to native listeners...
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This paper addresses ergativity in Bumthang. In 2016, Donohue & Donohue reported on the variable use of the ergative case marker in Bumthang transitive clauses. They identified a number of largely pragmatic, semantic, and informational structural contexts that license the use of the ergative case on the subjects. Given the nature of the factors inv...
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This paper reports results of a preliminary sociolinguistic survey that was carried out in Nubri Valley. Interviews were taken with people from throughout the valley. Some of the main findings are described here. The Nubri-perceived differences in dialect intelligibility and social status are discussed as well as the overall language vitality in th...
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This paper presents new data from a variety of Sanjiang Kam. The data presented here deviate from standard descriptions in that the aspirated consonants, known to occur with a subset of the tones, appear to be phonologizing into a standard effect on F0: namely an initial level component (less than the maximum F0 height) in the contour. This paper d...
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This paper reports on the Tibeto-Burman language, Nubri, of the high Himalayan region of northern central Nepal. Specifically, data is presented to illustrate the use of tone to mark two morphological features in the language: the use of a H tone suffix to mark the genitive case, and the use of a H tone prefix to mark an increase in transitivity. T...
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This paper addresses a complex interaction of factors that underlie the optional subject marking in Fore, a Papuan language, and proposes a formal model to account for this phenomenon. Fore is both head- and dependent-marking. When both arguments of a transitive verb are third person, there is a potential ambiguity as to the identity of the subject...
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This paper introduces the tonal system of the Samagaun dialect of Nubri. We first present an introduction to linguistic tone, with a focus on tone as it is found in Tibetan languages, before moving on to describe the tones in Samagaun Nubri monosyllables and disyllabic expressions. We conclude that the tonal system in Nubri cannot be accounted for...
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In this paper I claim that while the phonological category is responsible for the segmental effects, the exact form of the vowel is an historical accident, contemporarily maximizing the tonal distinctions, but not requiring synchronic derivation.
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A number of Western European languages use two different auxiliary verbs when forming the perfect aspect with monadic verbs, roughly corresponding to have and be. While such a split is cross-linguistically rare, various studies have shown that there are clear similarities in the patterns of use and factors determining the auxiliary selection. In th...
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Languages differ in the number of cases that are realized morphologically. This raises the question whether case systems are the same across languages. GB theory generally adopts a rigid view: at least the four basic cases (nominative, accusative, dative and genitive) are universally present, although sometimes not spelled out. In this chapter we w...
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This paper examines the role that a change in phonation and a slight contour in fundamental frequency (f0) have for the perception of the three phonologically level tones in the Fuzhou variety of Chinese. An experiment was devised whereby synthetic tokens with modified f0 heights were included among natural tokens and presented to native listeners...
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The Fuzhou dialect of Chinese has seven citation tones. Three of these tones are considered phonologically level. An acoustic quantification revealed consistent changes in pitch contour in addition to pitch height for these tones, with the highest tone rising slightly and the lower two tones dropping slightly. Moreover a non-modal phonation was fou...
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Possessors have often been treated as the 'subjects' of the DPs in which they appear, being analyzed as surfacing in (spec, DP) by analogy with the standard analysis for clausal subjects in a configurational framework of grammar. In this paper, we present a new descriptive generalization showing that there is in fact much variation in the coding of...
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There has been considerable work on understanding phonetic effects of segments on tone and on the influence of tone on segments (e.g. Maddieson 1977, 1984, 1997, Zee 1984 and others). Such phonetic differences are usually consequences of speech production and as such are relatively imperceptible. However, less attention has been given to effects of...
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The absolute ranking of thematic roles in the thematic hierarchy remains controversial. The different proposals share certain core features, such as agent being the highest ranked role, and locations ranking below themes and patients. However, the positioning of the instrumental and benefactive roles is controversial; they are more 'central', but t...

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Projects (2)
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A study of case marking phenomena in a range of Bumthang varieties.
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To document and describe Nubri language (high Himalayas, upper Gorkha, Nepal)